Weaving language and gesture

The British Council, UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities, is presenting ‘The Art of Storytelling India’ tour in the City.

The programme aims to showcase UK’s ingenuity and creativity in the area of storytelling to young learners and cultural enthusiasts.

It will introduce them to the art form and help stimulate their creative talent. Three eminent storytellers will be visiting this tour. There will be a performance by Tim Ralphs on February 11, at the British Council Library from 6 pm to 7 pm.

This will be followed by a workshop on February 12 from 10.30 am to 2.30 pm.
Tim Ralphs is a storyteller and an active exponent of narrative in art.

He also works as a public engagement consultant where he focuses on connecting academic researchers with non-specialists.

His storytelling is rooted in the oral tradition — the craft of a speaker weaving language and gesture to entrance an audience and bring a tale to life.

Tim gained much acclaim at ‘The Young Storyteller of the Year’ competition in
2007, and has won a British Award for his storytelling excellence.

He has performed everywhere from majestic Teutonic castle at Alden Biesen in Belgium, to the muddy Shropshire fields of The Festival at the Edge, to the sophisticated
theatres of Soho and The Barbican.

His audiences find him equally captivating as he lays down his words over a frenzy of experimental rock.The council has been promoting the ancient, yet revived art of storytelling in India since 2011 as part of Kathakar — The International Storytellers Festival.

An ancient art form, storytelling was present in most parts of the world and had a tremendous hold and reach in India.


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